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Kids Need Your Gently Used Winter Coats

November 7, 2008

There are very few things that make an immediate and positive impact on a child’s life. Having a warm winter coat not only keeps the child warm, but helps keep the child healthy, in school, and allows the child to play outside with other students. Warm winter coats support the physical, social and emotional needs of students. Last year the Dr. David E. Lane Coats for Kids Program gave that gift to more than 1,200 children who would have had no protection from our cold Midwest winters.

The Coats for Kids Program needs your support. The call is out for cash for coats or more than 1,000 used coats for needy students in area public and private schools. The Dr. David E. Lane Memorial "Coats for Kids" program, housed at the Mississippi Bend AEA, has provided more than 10,000 coats during the past five winters.

Donations of winter coats (new or used) may be taken to any Burke Cleaners location in the Iowa Quad Cities. The greatest need is for coats in children’s sizes six through ten. Cash donations may be made to the Coats for Kids Program, in care of the Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 - 21st Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. Donations are tax deductible.

In its ninth year, the Coats for Kids Program Advisory Board includes volunteers from participating schools, businesses and the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA). Coats are collected, cleaned, sized and then packaged for distribution at individual schools. The program serves schools in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Current inventories are low – particularly in boys and girls sizes 8-12.

The Coats for Kids program is named after Dr. David E. Lane who was a Davenport Community School administrator and charter member of the Coats for Kids committee at the time of his death in 1999.

The Coats for Kids Program is part of the Mississippi Bend AEA Special Events Foundation. The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, color, gender, national origin, creed, age, marital status or disability in its educational programs, services or employment practices. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to Tom Wirtz, Equity Coordinator, 729 - 21st Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722. Telephone number (563) 344-6410.

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